Stephen has been the SNP spokesperson for Europe since being elected in 2015. Following the vote to leave the European Union in June 2016, he was also appointed to shadow the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and leads on statements and questions on this issue in Parliament.
Stephen’s background in peace-building and previous work in the European institutions as well as his role as a Special Adviser to the Scottish Government, made him the ideal person to lead for the SNP on European affairs at Westminster.
He provided a strong pro-European voice during the Remain campaign and since then has effectively and successfully challenged the UK Government on the impact of leaving the EU. In particular, Stephen has continued to make the case for EU Citizens who already live and work in the UK to be allowed to remain and contribute to our economy, society and culture. He has also represented the concerns of the University of St Andrews and other education institutions over the potential loss of crucial EU funding and partnerships with European universities and academics.
In this high-profile role, Stephen has also stood up for Scotland’s food and drink industry and jobs, offering his support to many local independent businesses including St Andrews Brewing Company and Eden Mill securing showcase events in the Houses of Parliament.
Stephen’s determination to create a wealthier, healthier, fairer and greener society are at the heart of his drive to work hard and ensure that Scotland – and the residents of North East Fife – get the best possible outcome from the UK’s negotiation with the EU and scrutinising the work of Government. Along with his colleagues at Westminster and in the Scottish Government, Stephen has challenged the UK Government every step of the way and he will continue to do so if re-elected on June 8.